Dr. Michelle Laws

Key NC Counties and Their Covid-19 Vacination Rates

Dr. Michelle Laws
Dr. Michelle Laws

Approximately 61% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one shot of vaccination against Covid-19, with 58% being fully vaccinated.

That 58% now has some protection against the new, more virulent Delta variant, which is the primary source of new infections and hospitalizations. In specific counties, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports as of August 2:

  • Buncombe County (total population 261,191): 55.2% have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, while 51.3% (134,096) have been fully vaccinated
  • Guilford (537,174): at least one dose: 53.4%; fully vaccinated: 45.9% (246,611)
  • Mecklenburg (1,110,356): at least one dose: 55%; fully vaccinated: 45.8% (508,192)
  • New Hanover County (234,473): at least one dose: 55.7%; fully vaccinated: 47.1% (110,407)

NC DHHS Overview

On August 2, Dr. Michelle Laws, PhD, MA (Assistant Director for Consumer Support Services/Community Stakeholder Engagement and Historically Marginalized Populations Covid-19 Response Team Lead for the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services), issued the following directive concerning the current spike in Covid-19 cases in North Carolina:

“After months of decline, North Carolina is experiencing a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases among those who are unvaccinated. On August 2, we had more than 3,000 cases reported. All of the state’s key metrics are increasing, including hospitalizations doubling over the past two weeks, and the number of people going to the emergency department with Covid-like symptoms.”

Updated Guidance

  • Anyone who has not yet gotten vaccinated is urged to do so now to protect yourself and your community.
  • Getting vaccinated prevents serious illness, hospitalizations, and death, even with the Delta variant, and slows community spread.
  • Rigorous clinical trials among thousands of people ages 12 and older have proven that vaccines are safe and effective.
  • More than 160 million Americans have been safely vaccinated.
  • Those not vaccinated need to continue practicing the “three W’s.” Wear a mask in all indoor public settings. Wait six feet apart in all public settings. Wash your hands often.
  • In addition, you should not gather with unvaccinated people who do not live with you. If you do, stay outside and keep 6 feet of distance.
  • You should not travel.
covid-19 vaccine card
Vaccine verification is now required for state employees.

Continuing cautionary measures

There are also places where everyone in the state still needs to wear a mask, including health care settings, public transportation, large, crowded indoor venues, and indoor places with large numbers of children.

CDC guidance recommends that all K-12 schools should require universal masking. The NC DHHS has updated its guidance for schools to align with this recommendation.

Updated guidance also calls on all employers to require employees to report vaccination status. Employees who are not fully vaccinated should be required to wear a face covering indoors, maintain physical distancing from others, and get tested regularly. Cabinet-level state agencies are to implement this guidance for state employees, in accordance with Executive Order 224 from Gov. Roy Cooper.

Take action now!

This moment requires action. State trends are accelerating at an alarming rate because of the highly contagious Delta variant.

If you are already vaccinated, urge unvaccinated family members and friends to get their shot now. You will save lives by doing so.

Go to www.YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov or call 888-675-4567 for accurate, up-to-date information about Covid-19 vaccines.

 

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